Today’s Lakeville Minnesota had its origins back in 1853. That’s when Captain William B. Dodd designed and directed the construction of a road that would serve as a land route connecting the military forts in St. Paul to the southern forts. Dodd Road, which was named for Captain Dodd after he was killed in the Sioux uprising in 1862, bisects present-day Lakeville.
The original village and fire hall, built in 1910, still stands downtown. Now home to small businesses and apartments, the building features a tower that once held a bell that summoned townspeople to fight fires. The original bell now hangs in a new tower on the Fire Department headquarters building.
While a significant percentage of Lakeville’s workers commute northward to the downtowns of Minneapolis and St. Paul, and closer-in suburbs like Bloomington, Lakeville has had major industry since the 1960s—including the Airlake Industrial Park, which is served by Airlake Airport, a regional reliever airport.
With a population of 59,866 Lakeville has an active and growing business community, with over 1,000 businesses. Top employers in Lakeville include Hearthside Food Solutions, MOM Brands, ConAgra Food Solutions and Imperial Plastics.
Now the 3rd largest city in Dakota County, Lakeville is expected to become the largest city in the county by the year 2020.
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